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yes i hate that!

also they aren’t adding as many recent movie releases any more. :(

but they still have a reliably good library of Masterpiece Theater stuff & English detective/police procedurals

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 May 2019 05:43 (one year ago) link

i really liked the patriot as well. it's not a prime original but recently, i've been watching baywatch with some friends. it's fascinating.

dynamicinterface, Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:15 (one year ago) link

I absolutely love Red Oaks

Let The Corpses Tan, the latest film from Bruno & Helene (best known for The Strange Colour of your Body's Tears), is somewhat inexplicably free. There's also a giant trove of music docs, some of which (like the Pentagram or Stooges or Mudhoney ones) had actual proper releases and some of us (well, me) paid hard cash for.

I've found the way to discover the stuff you want to watch is to use the store and not the app.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:27 (one year ago) link

all 1,225 episodes of Dark Shadows are free


Brad C., Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:48 (one year ago) link

Thanks for the tip - I was thinking about buying Let The Corpses Tan on Blu-Ray from Kino Lorber, but I doubt I'd watch it twice, so I'll just check it out on Prime.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:49 (one year ago) link

Oh yeah Red Oaks was really good. I stopped High Man at the end of the first season because it just made me mad.

Yerac, Saturday, 18 May 2019 14:01 (one year ago) link

Gortimer Gibbons is excellent if you're looking for something to watch with your kids.

Vikings and Black Sails are both trashy but fun.

And Halt & Catch Fire is superb.

groovypanda, Saturday, 18 May 2019 14:43 (one year ago) link

I watched all of Fleabag this week and it was excellent!

mh, Saturday, 18 May 2019 15:24 (one year ago) link

fleabag is good.

i have a bunch of music docs bookmarked. there’s one on freestyle i’m saving for a rainy day. also chappelle’s block party is on there

maura, Saturday, 18 May 2019 16:11 (one year ago) link

The two seasons of Fleabag are perfect, one of my favorite of all time.

Yerac, Saturday, 18 May 2019 16:29 (one year ago) link

oh yes Red Oaks is great

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 May 2019 16:36 (one year ago) link

Bosch is their comfort food show and it’s a pretty basic program but it’s pretty dope as an L.A. cop show with a veneer of The Wire-style politicking and careerism. Superb cast, Welliver owns but really good work from Jamie Hector, Paul Calderón, Lance Reddick, etc. there are some not-good guest turns but it’s a cop show, there’s always gonna be some corniness. S1 is mostly just “pretty good” but it really gets going from there.

omar little, Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:24 (one year ago) link

Yah Bosch is great (also has its own thread)

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:50 (one year ago) link

Gotta check out red oaks

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:50 (one year ago) link

I can't get into Bosch, but I've always enjoyed the books

Sneaky Pete is far from perfect but a lot of fun, and has a bunch of great performances. There's a third season just out with a new showrunner instead of Graham Yost, which is a bummer, as the Justified-y vibe was part of the appeal.

HACF is an all-time great show, loved it so much, would watch again.

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:55 (one year ago) link

I only made it 2 1/2 episodes into Sneaky Pete season 3, and I didn't realize they'd changed showrunners, but that may explain why I hated it. And it bums me out not to watch this one, given that it includes Ricky Jay's final performance, but it was really bad when I bailed out. They introduced a new character that's clearly intended to be a sexy and charming femme fatale, and I just wanted Pete to shove her into traffic.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:57 (one year ago) link

I love watching Jamie Hector in Bosch -- he must like golf in real life

sarahell, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:03 (one year ago) link

oh and the most recent season has Opie from Sons of Anarchy in it ... and his character dresses like Bobby from Sons of Anarchy ...

sarahell, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:04 (one year ago) link

Ha yeah pretty cool character

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:06 (one year ago) link

i see "Bobby" at my local TJ's all the damn time. he dresses like...himself on Sons of Anarchy.

omar little, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:13 (one year ago) link

Jamie Hector is great on Bosch, and so likable. basically the anti-Marlo Stanfield.

omar little, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:14 (one year ago) link

They cancelled the Tick. :(

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:42 (one year ago) link

Vikings is great

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 May 2019 22:52 (one year ago) link

Didn’t even realize the tick returned til I saw the cancellation news—love that dam show and looking forward to whenever they inevitably give it another go

i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:50 (one year ago) link

they cancelled it? it just got a ton of press about returning. too bad, never actually watched it

akm, Sunday, 19 May 2019 00:49 (one year ago) link

thanks for the music docs tip - had never struck me to look before, but I am now spending a pleasant Sunday evening with TAD.

woof, Sunday, 19 May 2019 21:59 (one year ago) link

All of Joanna Hogg's films are available.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 19 May 2019 22:06 (one year ago) link

I can't get into Bosch, but I've always enjoyed the books

I've read the first handful of books (reaction: these are not great but they are v efficient & I will probably read most of them) and watched the first episode, was underwhelmed

ppl said it got really good later so I watched the last few of S3

was underwhelmed

blokes you can't rust (sic), Monday, 20 May 2019 05:13 (one year ago) link

tbf you are not easily whelmed

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 20 May 2019 05:20 (one year ago) link

The efficiency is kind of the key to their greatness, plus the way the books are stacked with these little procedural mini-mysteries that get described and then solved every few pages. The series’ lack of mystery focus - it seems more like an ensemble cop show from the few episodes I’ve seen - probably contributes to my lack of whelm (plus I don’t like the lead, in this role anyway).

Gonna try again for the angels flight series though, as that’s my favourite of the books.

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 20 May 2019 06:46 (one year ago) link

Sneaky Pete season 3 is pretty skipable, unfortunately

Bosch is usually best mid-season? I may be off in my remembering but the general formula is that each season has a more action-based plot in parallel with a slow-burn or multi-season plot element and the more active case gets the majority of the time mid-season followed by a wrap-up and return to the slow-burn element to tie up both threads in the last few.

mh, Monday, 20 May 2019 15:29 (one year ago) link

i've only watched the first 3 seasons but i thought it was pretty interesting insofar as the mysteries weren't explained very easily and there were at least four of them happening at once (with a couple converging into one). And I always like a good Arnold Vosloo role.

omar little, Monday, 20 May 2019 16:39 (one year ago) link

It's not clear whether this thread is for movies or just original series/TV. There really needs to be a place to share movie discoveries, because Prime has so damn many (something like 5x Netflix), with so much variety, yet the browsing interface is terrible. If Amazon had applied the same techniques to enabling people to find products they could order online, Bezos would still be aspiring to put boutique bookstores out of business.

Anyhow, thanks for 'Let The Corpses Tan'. A little gorier than I usually like, but all the more riveting for it. Startled to recognize a no longer alabaster Elina Lowensohn, 25 years after 'Amateur'.

Some 2018 movies I've recently come across. Haven't watched them all yet:

Ghostbox Cowboy
Wobble Palace
Milford Graves Full Mantis
Never Goin' Back
Guys Reading Poems

punning display, Monday, 27 May 2019 22:25 (one year ago) link

Films of note from 18/19 on US Prime; sorry if some of these are repeats:

The Road Movie
Eighth Grade
Leave No Trace
The Death of Stalin
A Quiet Place
First Reformed
You Were Never Really Here
Generation Wealth
The Great Buddha+
A Prayer Before Dawn
Lots of Kids, A Monkey and A Castle
John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection
Let the Corpses Tan
Madeline’s Madeline
Cold War
A Fantastic Woman

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 27 May 2019 22:42 (one year ago) link

^Good list. Also of note, Lean on Pete. However, it looks like Border, Death of Stalin and Loveless are only viewable on Prime for an extra charge.

punning display, Monday, 27 May 2019 23:10 (one year ago) link

"Ghostbox Cowboy"

this was made by friends of mine! well written and directed by my friend's husband who I don't know as well as her (she is a producer on it). .... still haven't watched it shamefully

akm, Monday, 27 May 2019 23:29 (one year ago) link

Anyone seen 'Leave No Trace'? As someone who lived off the grid for a while and found it immensely satisfying if terrifyingly difficult, I'm wondering whether I'll like it or want to kill it.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Monday, 27 May 2019 23:34 (one year ago) link

it’s really really good. *highly* recommend.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:39 (one year ago) link

it is very judgement-free imo.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:40 (one year ago) link

yes agree

Dan S, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:42 (one year ago) link

For a PG movie it's beautiful and very very subtle and sophisticated for a film you can watch with your (slightly older) kid.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:18 (one year ago) link

Border, Death of Stalin and Loveless WERE on there! Go figure.

Leave No Trace is excellent; one of the best films of last year imo.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:26 (one year ago) link

I really loved the way Madeline’s Madeline was filmed, with all of the subjective points of view and blurred displaced images, and the ending was so unexpectedly strange and euphoric

Dan S, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:28 (one year ago) link

it looks like Loveless is also available on Hulu. It is a great film

Dan S, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:32 (one year ago) link

Am I actually the only person that watched the Terror cuz if so waht

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:54 (one year ago) link

"I really loved the way Madeline’s Madeline was filmed"

I couldn't make it more than 10 minutes into this movie; one of the rare things I absolutely had to turn off.

akm, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 02:02 (one year ago) link

xpost I am in the process of watching it, only a couple of eps to go. I love everything about it.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 02:52 (one year ago) link

Leave No Trace is in my top handful of 2018.

tfw you are not easily whelmed (sic), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 03:00 (one year ago) link

Leave No Trace is a good recent example (along with The Rider) of a satisfying film that could have easily become an award season sensation with the right push and no one would have batted an eye.

Chris L, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 04:09 (one year ago) link

We watched the first episode last night. Very slow and pretty. Not sure if I liked it enough to go back for ep 2. Probably will at some point since I'm a shut-in now.

DJI, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 18:24 (one month ago) link

Anyone seen Tales From The Loop yet? I was surprised to learn it had been made into a TV series.

No but I am intrigued by the fact that Shane Carruth apparently makes an appearance

brechtian social distancing (Simon H.), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 18:26 (one month ago) link

best thing on Prime for me continues to be The Expanse (on the tail end of S3 now), which is just phenomenal. My platonic ideal of a sci-fi show (great plot, plenty of mystery, little in the way of soap opera level bad TV acting, zero new agey bullshit the likes of which sank BSG).

omar little, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 18:28 (one month ago) link

I watched the first ep of Hunters & wow this show is def Not For Me™️

Pacino as the headlining Jewish Person while Saul Rubinek is a minor costar feels so fucking wrong on so many levels.
Also kind of surprised that Rubinek would be on board? idk. the tone of this thing was my biggest problem. that and wtf shit like concentration camp human chess

i understand it from Pacino being a huge draw but still i am very O_o about the whole thing

― terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10:23 AM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

I ended up watching about half of this, including the finale, because my gf watched it and I just thought it was horrendous.

COVID and the Gang (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 18:34 (one month ago) link

watched the first two episodes of ZeroZeroZero and so far it's just OK. very nicely shot but so far I don't give a shit about any of the characters. not sure if I want to carry on with it but I probably will eventually out of sheer boredom.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 18:46 (one month ago) link

if ppl forgot abt like i did the series finale of transparent, i recommend it; also the lil peep doc

hunters seems vile i would never

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:51 (one month ago) link

I just watched Dragged Across Concrete and need a shower. Zahler makes me feel grubby as all hell. (This will stay with me and I need to pick apart why - for good and ill.)

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 22:01 (one month ago) link

stay with ZeroZeroZero! The characters develop imo but most of what they do is not get in the way of a show about systems. It's very well done I think, and yeah, it looks and sounds great esp. by shit streaming-original standards

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 22:32 (one month ago) link

I just watched Dragged Across Concrete and need a shower. Zahler makes me feel grubby as all hell. (This will stay with me and I need to pick apart why - for good and ill.)

I watched Brawl in Cell Block 99 and washed my hands of that dude for good. He hasn't got the visual or storytelling chops for me to put up with his not-even-really-winking chud politics.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 22:56 (one month ago) link


Nhex, Thursday, 9 April 2020 02:05 (one month ago) link

I like both of those movies a lot :/

I even started a thread about him

the degenerate nu-pulp movies of S. Craig Zahler

brechtian social distancing (Simon H.), Thursday, 9 April 2020 02:06 (one month ago) link

We've been enjoying Tales From The Loop. Have seen first 5 of 8 episodes so far. It's beautifully filmed, interesting storylines, excellent acting, setting is mysterious & not explained (this is good). Pace is slowish & contemplative. Fits really well for the times. We're watching 1 episode per night, not binging.

that's not my post, Thursday, 9 April 2020 03:59 (one month ago) link

Hey Joe Dante fans! Explorers and Eerie, India season 1 both free to stream with Prime atm

Deflatormouse, Thursday, 9 April 2020 04:46 (one month ago) link

I think that's understandable with Zahler but I think he's interesting enough to stick with. I have *thoughts* but I'll have them on Simon's thread.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 9 April 2020 08:43 (one month ago) link

It looks like the Cadfael mysteries are available via Prime without extra subscriptions finally

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Thursday, 9 April 2020 17:40 (one month ago) link

are they good.

Fizzles, Thursday, 9 April 2020 17:47 (one month ago) link

I haven’t seen them in a long time but I have fond memories of them being “Masterpiece Theater Name of the Rose” so take that as you will.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Thursday, 9 April 2020 17:49 (one month ago) link

i think i will take that as a yes and now start binge watching.

Fizzles, Thursday, 9 April 2020 19:47 (one month ago) link

thanks milo z. (i have no control over these things - you are entirely responsible if i go on a cadfael-induced rampage in a month’s time.

Fizzles, Thursday, 9 April 2020 19:48 (one month ago) link

I don't know what day it was added but The Lighthouse is up.

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Saturday, 18 April 2020 15:22 (one month ago) link

hell yes, going to wait until it gets dark out and spend some time in THE LIGHTHOUSE

mh, Saturday, 18 April 2020 15:30 (one month ago) link

A bunch of Soviet films from the Ruscico vaults that appear worth a look have just been added to Prime:

Adventures of the Yellow Suitcase (1970)
Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair (1970)
A Captain at Fifteen (1945)
Commissar (1967)
Evdokiya (1961)
Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka (1962)
The Golden Horns (1972)
Happy Go Lucky (1972 )
Holy Moly! (1988)
The Hyperboloid of Engineer Garin (1965)
I Am 20 (1964)
Kaschey the Immortal (1944)
Morozko (1965)
Night Witches in the Sky (1981)
Once 20 Years Later (1980)
School Waltz (1978)
Science Fiction Dilogy (1974)
The Secret of the Iron Door (1970)
Through the Thorns to the Stars (1980)

punning display, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 15:27 (one month ago) link

I am asking a Russian friend of mine which of these to see :)

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 15:39 (one month ago) link

One more that I missed: Father of a Soldier (1964)

That and Commisar, which I've long been wanting to see, are the only ones I've heard of before.

Also added to Prime but not Russian: 10 Rillington Place (1970), true crime thriller with Richard Attenborough playing a creep.

punning display, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 16:07 (one month ago) link

ooh thx! i want to see that Christie movie

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 18:00 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Hard to find classic just added to Prime: The Go Between (1971)

The transfer looks good, although the sound could be better.

punning display, Saturday, 16 May 2020 14:12 (two weeks ago) link

I haven't checked it out yet, but apparently the original theatrical cut of Altman's California Split was added recently: https://theplaylist.net/california-split-robert-altman-amazon-prime-20200512/

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 16 May 2020 14:54 (two weeks ago) link

Hard to find classic just added to Prime: The Go Between (1971)

The transfer looks good, although the sound could be better.

Great film. Harold Pinter screen play. Quite rightly kept the beautiful opening lines from the novel.

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Saturday, 16 May 2020 20:14 (two weeks ago) link

Gave the Seberg film a look last night. I bailed about 30 minutes into it after the FBI baddies came on. It seemed to be just another dreary biopic-by-numbers with nice clothes, production design. I was a bit surprised I couldn't find any mention of it on ILX. I don't know, maybe Kristen Stewart's acting makes it worth staying with. I couldn't stop thinking she looked more like a depressed Ellen DeGeneres.

punning display, Saturday, 23 May 2020 16:45 (one week ago) link

she's quite a depressing actress, imo.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Saturday, 23 May 2020 19:27 (one week ago) link

anyone seen True History of the Kelly Gang?

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 23 May 2020 20:17 (one week ago) link

tapped out about ten pages into the book, haven't read a Carey since

Bleeqwot (sic), Saturday, 23 May 2020 20:28 (one week ago) link

well, movies are different, and it's apparently a loose adap

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 23 May 2020 20:34 (one week ago) link

fwiw The Kelly Gang film is only viewable for about a $7 fee on Prime and the other usual VOD providers.

punning display, Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:53 (one week ago) link

seberg had terrible reviews when it premiered but people seem to like it more now that it's on streaming services. probably not going to watch it. kristin stewart is a depressing actress or at least she plays depressed people very well (like in Clouds of Sils Maria and Personal Shopper).

akm, Saturday, 23 May 2020 23:22 (one week ago) link

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